New lease on life for old tractor

FAMILY HERITAGE: Cecil Logan, Pam Logan, June Schulz, Lynette Mackenzie and Peter Logan are ecstatic to see the family’s tractor alive and working again.
FAMILY HERITAGE: Cecil Logan, Pam Logan, June Schulz, Lynette Mackenzie and Peter Logan are ecstatic to see the family’s tractor alive and working again. Tom Threadingham

THE rumbling sounds of history filled the Gatton and District Historical Society grounds at the weekend as a slice of farming and family heritage breathed life once again.

More than 30 members of the Logan family descended upon the historical society to once again hear the sounds of the old family tractor which had remained dormant for more than 60 years.

Obtained by the historical society in 1986, the 1927 Fordson model F tractor waited patiently for its turn to be proudly restored, with members beginning work on the machine in late 2011.

The tractor was originally purchased brand new in November 1927 by Peter Logan for 199.2s.8d (199 pounds, 2 shillings and eight pence) for use on his property at Upper Tenthill.

Unlike modern tractors which use petrol or diesel the Fordson ran on kerosene.

After years of slogging it out in the fields the tractor ended its service in the early 1950s where it came to rest in a paddock for a few decades.

Gatton and District Historical Society member Rod Born said it was great to finally see the tractor restored with the family attending to witness it starting up again.

"It's half of what it's all about," Mr Born said.

"They are not inanimate objects, they actually breathe and run.

"We enjoy just getting them back up and running again."

It was the first tractor the historical society had obtained and the oldest members had restored.

Cecil Logan and his siblings travelled to see the family tractor once again alive and running on the day.

"It's sort of surreal," Mr Logan said.

"It takes you way back.

"The things that you see is how it was and that's 70 years ago.

"I was excited to see it put back together again - it was a shell last time I saw it."

Along with the tractor, the historical society also fired up another piece of rare farming history donated by the Logan family.

The Logan family gathered to witness a 19hp Ruston Hornsby Suction Gas Engine and accompanying Gas Plant restored in full working order pumping water.

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